Local Sourcing the Couple’s Core Value
Bridget and Galen continued to explore the agricultural side of food. After closing The Dogwood, Galen worked for a growing season on an organic produce farm—Bellair Farm—in Scottsville, Virginia; a small town just south of Charlottesville—the home of Bridget’s alma mater, University of Virginia, where she studied English Literature. While the couple lived in Charlottesville, Bridget studied Fiction Writing (low residency) at Bennington College in Vermont and received her M.F.A.
Deciding they enjoyed the rural life, in 2015, the couple became innkeepers at a fly-fishing boutique inn in the Catskills, New York called the Beaverkill Valley Inn, which rested on the banks of the fly-fishing-famous Beaverkill River. Galen was the General Manager and Executive Chef of the inn, and he worked with the owners to make the menu New-York and, specifically, Catskill-centric. Bridget, who is a Master Gardener, oversaw the numerous flower gardens at the inn, and worked with Galen to grow produce and herbs for use in the inn’s kitchens. Both fell in love with the rocky, quietly majestic landscape of the Catksills, and Galen discovered the serenity of fly fishing.